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the headlines at four. police say a total of 58 people are dead or missing and presumed dead in the grenfell fire, and they appeal for more information from the public. the current number of fertility at least 30. the figure of 58 is those that are missing and that i presume are dead. by the disaster at downing street. the queen says it's "difficult to escape a very sombre national mood" following tragedies in london and manchester. she has led a minute's silence at the start of events to mark her official birthday. i'm ben brown, near grenfell tower in west london — the police say the search and recovery of bodies could take weeks. and in other news — the judge in the bill cosby sex
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assault case declares a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. and in rugby, the british and irish lions get a confidence—boosting win as they power to victory against the maori all blacks. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. in the past hour, police have said 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the grenfell tower fire. the metropolitan police have also said the number of those assumed dead may increase. let's go live now to west london, and ben brown. yeah, we got quite a lot of details in the last few minutes from the
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police commander here, stuart cundy. who were saying they have managed to formally identify the first victim as the 23—year—old syrian mohammed alhajali, who had fled from the civil war in syria. 16 buddies have been recovered so far, but he was saying it is a very difficult, dangerous operation, trying to search for and recover bodies from inside the building. said that is a process which could take weeks or even longer. in fact they have to pause work inside the building yesterday afternoon, saying they did not want to risk any more lives, of firefighters and other officials who inside the building. the death are inside the building. the death toll officially still stands at 30, but stuart cundy was saying that the total of head and missing presumed dead is 58 altogether. he also said that they are appealing for
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information from anyone who might have been in grenfell tower on the of the fire who was not night of the fire who was not registered as living there but was there any way. if they have not got intact with the police so far, then they should do so now, without worrying about why they have not got in touch so far. because the police really need those figures, those numbers on how many people were in the block at the time. that total is currently at 58. this is what commander stuart cundy had to say to us. we have been working hard to establish how many people we believe we re establish how many people we believe were in grenfell tower on the night. and who at this point of time and we are unable to say that they are safe and well. sadly, at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told
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we re are 58 people who we have been told were in grenfell tower on the night that are missing, and therefore sadly, i have to assume that they are dead. we have family liaison officers supporting and working with a number of families. that is 52 families. that includes those that we have died here families. that includes those that we - have died here in we believe have died here in g re nfell tower, we believe have died here in grenfell tower, and those that are in critical care in hospital. that number, 58, could change. i really hope it won't, but it may increase. 0ur hope it won't, but it may increase. our focus has been hope it won't, but it may increase. 0urfocus has been on hope it won't, but it may increase. our focus has been on those we were told were in full—time. however, there may be other people who were in there on the night, that others
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we re in there on the night, that others were not aware whether. and that is also very absolute priority for the investigation, to establish those people. if someone was in grenfell tower and they did escape, and they haven't made it known to the police or to theirfamily, haven't made it known to the police or to their family, i haven't made it known to the police or to theirfamily, i would urge them to contact the police casualty bureau. i don't care the reason. i wa nt to bureau. i don't care the reason. i want to know, and we all want to know you are safe and well. we're going to take you straight to downing street now, because residents are meeting the prime minister. no, ithink residents are meeting the prime minister. no, i think they arejust leaving, actually. we can hearfrom emma vardy, our political
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correspondent. this was a group of residents from the tower block, we think, and some volunteers and community organisers, meeting the prime minister after she had been so heavily for failing in criticised so heavily for failing in the view of some here to meet the residents and those affected by this disaster. , absolutely. she invited them here for a meeting today, they met with herforjust them here for a meeting today, they met with her forjust over two hours. - came as the government hours. that came as the government said it
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